Wow. This opinion is crazy controversial and I don't think it should be.
Which, I suppose is why I'm biting the bullet and posting this.
Flooding my Facebook News Feed yesterday were various posts slamming (the seemingly universally hated) Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth? Really? What's she up to now? I haven't heard anything about her since her stint on Glee (apart from when she became the face of a vegetarian meals company, despite eating meat herself. Slightly weird, but whatever.)
People really do seem to hate her. They hate her website, her long legs, her famous parents, her Oscar win (agree on that one!), but mostly her efforts to help people be "healthy". Obviously not everyone can hate her, or she wouldn't have this kind of success, but from what I've been Googling over the last dew days (and getting weirdly obsessed by) is the name calling, the ignorance, the misquoting and the judgement that I believe would NOT be lumped on a different person promoting the exact same advice.
I may be wrong, of course. It has been known to happen. But let me tell you - I've read a lot of diets, eating plans, detoxes and a f*** load of cleanses in my time and .... as far as cleanses go, why is everyone suddenly screaming that Gwyneth Paltrow is crazy and should be "silenced" as one woman put it?
If you aren't in the loop Gwyneth launched her New Years cleanse on her website, Goop, a few days ago and boy, is it getting SLAMMED.
I love slamming diets. Love it. So I was only too eager to click on the link entitled "Thinking of Trying Gwyneth Paltrow's Detox Diet? Don't!" waiting for me on Facebook and was ready for a good laugh and to probably share it with my friends.
Imagine my surprise, when reading, as I felt more and more confused and pissed off at the girl writing the article, not the diet.
I won't go into chapter and verse, you can read it yourself (you'll probably love it) it's funny and well-written... BUT.... let's be real. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT A CLEANSE. A CLEANSE. The girl writing this article admits blatantly she's annoyed the cleanse doesn't involve any junk food or bread or her other favorite foods. Um... hello? Do you know what a cleanse is?
She then complains that it's mostly liquids.... um... HELLO?! DO YOU KNOW WHAT A CLEANSE IS?
Don't misunderstand me - I am not a fan of liquid cleanses, but to write an article slamming someone for promoting a liquid-heavy cleanse is like slamming someone for saying "go for five mile runs every day". It may not be the best advice for everyone, but it ain't new, love.
Most cleanses revolve around bloody liquids! In fact, I would say nearly every one I've ever read does.
What baffles me more is the ignorance of everyone else! I couldn't wait to read the comments on this article - desperately hoping that anyone felt the same way as me, which is basically "hey, hilarious article, but do you realize that what Gwyneth has knocked up isn't actually that different from most cleanses? It's a THREE DAY plan, not a recommendation for long term eating....." etc.
But... no. Nearly every single comment was "you go girl!" "woo!" etc etc. I was so confused and ready to think.... okay, people hate cleanses, kind of the same as me, guess that's cool.... but ...
I can't help but feel kind of bad for Gwyneth.
I know it's weird... but I can't help it. Imagine having all these people talk so badly about you in such a misleading and uneducated way? For someone who knows NOTHING about detoxing/cleansing, yeah, reading Gwyneth's plan may sound bonkers, but if you have read other cleanses, you'll know it's not that crazy. In fact, it's kind of rebellious in some ways! She let's you have almond butter in your milkshakes! She let's you eat meat! She let's you eat solid food AT ALL... most cleanses don't do that, folks. Especially the three-day ones.
When enlightened Buddhists publish books about how to do Juice Fasts and Cleanses (there's a lot of 'em) they do not receive this kind of treatment.
There is also a lot of misinformation being spread, the main lie being the diet is only 300 calories a day. This seems to be what everyone is yelling about and passionately against. And that is bloody great! 300 calories a day is absolutely not good. That will send you into starvation and is highly unsustainable.
But I'm not sure that figure is accurate..... 1 tablespoon of almond butter alone is 100 calories and from the little snippet I could find online, there's 2 tablespoons of almond butter in just one of her daily milkshakes. So already, you have at least 200 calories in that one meal, which also contains coconut milk so that clocks you up a few more. On that same day you have a chickpea soup, a vegetable pate and a butternut squash fancy sounding thing for dinner.
Now, I'm no mathematician, but I do know food. That is raking up well over 300 calories for your day. That's four (yes, bloody small, but very real) meals in a day.
Also - there's no portion control on a cleanse people. NONE. And definitely none on what I read in Gwyneth's plan. You can eat as much of that chickpea soup as you freaking want. Sure, it's gonna be low calorie - but you've got a pate coming up as a snack. AND you have a butternut squash thingy for dinner... . which again has no portion control.
Eat six squashes if you like! Guess what - that's over 600 calories. BOOM.
People just seem very eager to HATE. And very eager to hear good things about their bad habits. Everyone feels like they've overindulged at Christmas, so they want to feel better... but then they read an article ranting about diets, telling them why it's stupid and they are so fast to agree, without applying any critical thinking. "Yeah! This bitch is CRAZY!" Woo hoo, now they can go straight back to cheese toasties for breakfast and feel good about it. "Healthy People" are bloody crazy and they now have the proof.
You know what - that's fine. Do whatever you want. But don't LIE. Don't rant about things you don't understand.
Please remember - I am NOT PROMOTING THIS CLEANSE. not at all.
But do I think it's the devil like everyone is saying?
Well, no. Not at all. Reading the small part I could find online, it sounded pretty low-calorie for my liking (I rake in 2000 a day minimum) and if I was going to cleanse I would probably do it with raw foods or something like that. But is this diet going to HURT you if you do it for three days? Apart from slowing down your metabolism big time, no way! I have read so many scarier diets than this one (and even done a few!) In high school I did the famous "cabbage soup diet". No joking. It was crazy and stupid but I didn't bloody die! It probably even did me a tiny bit of good. Of course, now in hindsight i know any kind of quick-fix cleanse or diet isn't going to do you anyone good in the long-term unless you have overall healthy practices that will keep your body low in toxins and relatively well.
In my humble opinion: cheese toasties are going to be far worse for you than three days of almond shakes, soups, root vegetables and herbal teas.
Am I crazy?
I say, read the facts and leave this poor woman alone. If you don't want to do her cleanse - don't do it. I certainly won't! But don't misquote it or yell about her children, suddenly pretend she looks disgusting or say anything awful. It's not called for and it also is spreading bad information to people who may be genuinely seeking information.
If you want to go on a new years cleanse - I've got a great idea. Eat food that's good for you. Bam.
Cut the junk, cut the alcohol and eat whenever you're hungry.
I know. I'm crazy.
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